Letters to the editor 

Have some respect

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These public performances have been going on for longer than I can remember and it seems that, possibly because of the Olympics, there is an increased pressure to rid our town of anything unsanctioned. Even if it has public support.

Making criminals out of buskers goes too far in the town I love. Whatever happened to the local authourity’s   understanding of compassion, life and common sense in our global village?

Brian Walker

Whistler

PWA position clarified

I’d like to address some comments that Jennie Helmer made in her letter to the Pique last week about the position of the Pemberton Wildlife Association regarding the Ryan River IPP proposal.

It should be noted that Ms. Helmer made these comments without ever actually attending a PWA meeting. Ms. Helmer incorrectly suggested that the Pemberton Wildlife Association has asked for “more” public access in the Ryan River area.

The PWA made comments in the Terms of Reference portion of the Ryan River IPP proposal which stated that “if the IPP was to proceed, public access should be limited to non-motorized.” We believe that it is irresponsible to ignore the possibility of the project going forward despite public concerns, and if that should happen, minimizing motorized use in the area would be beneficial to grizzly bear recovery.

The Pemberton Wildlife Association is on record during the Sea to Sky LRMP process as opposing IPP development in the Ryan, due to the critical nature of the Ryan in grizzly bear population recovery. There has been no change in our position since that time.

The PWA is a membership driven organization; members with issues, suggestions or seeking clarification are encouraged to attend a meeting and work together to address the concerns.

Clarke Gatehouse

President, Pemberton Wildlife Assoc.

The ride of our lives

The morning of Friday, Dec. 12th tried to be a gray and subdued experience. But it stood no chance against the glint of anticipation in the eyes of my three-year-old son Ryder, and his 89 year old grandfather George. For today was the day we had been giggling about for a month.

Three generations of Whistler Huxtable boys were riding on the first Peak 2 Peak gondola from Blackcomb to Whistler.

“It’s really high” had been Ryder’s observation.

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